About IHostPoker Casino Parties

Where We Come From and Why Choose Us

Since 2003, Bill Heuer and his professional staff have been creating professional casino hosting services for a variety of clients in the Houston area. Mr. Heuer was born, raised and trained in Las Vegas – which is why iHostPoker can deliver such a realistic event atmosphere. His team includes over 150 dealers – and they’re ready to provide expert services to your next event.

iHostPoker is a member of National Association of Casino Party Operators

The National Association of Casino Party Operators (NACPO) is an association of professionals who specialize in casino parties, casino night fundraisers and casino themed events. NACPO is dedicated to promoting high ethical and quality standards in the Casino Party Industry. NACPO members are among the most experienced casino party operators in the country and are your trusted source for a professional and high quality casino party!

What to Expect From iHostPoker

Not only do we do it for fun, but we also do it for real!

Bill Heuer has been one of the owners of the Texas Card House locations in Spring & Houston since April 2019. We can offer private tournaments, poker lessons, and team-building experiences at either of our 2 locations.

Contact him at Bill@TexasCardHouse.com for more information!

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Frequently Asked Questions

iHostPoker Casino Parties has an entire team dedicated to making sure your event is a success!

Our reservations team is standing by to assist you with quoting the right amount of equipment for your next event. After deciding precisely which casino tables and additional items you would like, they will prepare an online casino agreement and email you a link to access and review.

Once you have completed your online casino party agreement, a payment link will be sent within 24 hours.

We require a completed casino party agreement and a 50% deposit to make your reservation and add it to our calendar formally. Once your event is added to our calendar, we begin the process of contracting dealers for your special occasion. The more time you give us to assemble your dealing team, the better. We can host events with just a few days’ notice, but we prefer a few weeks or months. We may sell out occasionally, especially in December, so make your reservation as soon as you are ready to book your event.

During the week of your event, our scheduling team will connect with you to review your options for the setup and clean-up times of your casino equipment.

All events that take place in December will be contacted 30 days before their event date to review your options for the setup and clean-up times of your casino equipment.

Once a final schedule is created, it will be emailed to you 3 to 5 days before your event date. Hence, you know exactly when we’re coming to set up the tables, when we will be cleaning up the tables, and other essential details about your event, including your event captain.

*Event captains are your on-site contact for your event to ensure that everything goes exactly how you planned.

On the event day, we arrived at the site at the agreed-upon set-up time before the party started and set up the gaming tables.

Typically, the casino will run for three hours. We can supply you with fun casino vouchers with a pre-determined value to start the gaming. You will pass these out to your guests as they arrive or at a specific time.

Next, the guests will go to the gaming table of their choice to play – where the dealer will exchange their “currency” with gaming chips. The guest will play for a pre-determined allotted time (up to you) and will be free to roam from table to table with their chips.

At the end of the three hours, the players will turn in their chips for either a raffle or voucher, depending on how you will award the prizes. You can do this in a couple of different ways, which we can explain in the pre-planning process.

Once your guests are finished for the night, your casino tables will be cleaned up at the agreed clean-up time.

We require a signed casino party agreement and a 50% deposit to reserve your casino tables and dealers. The balance is due prior to your event date.

Since we provide our services “Just for Fun,” party guests can be of any age. As a matter of fact, 25% of the events we service are for Birthday Parties, Bar Mitzvahs / Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, Graduations, Quinces, etc…

The most common question about casino parties is, “Is this legal?” The answer is YES. What makes it legal is that, despite the appearance of a casino, there is no actual gambling going on. It’s all make-believe, pretend, fantasy gambling. You can bet as much as you want, lose as much as you want, and win as much as you want, and you walk away with the same amount of money you started. That’s because only play money is used, usually in the form of chips, which have no real monetary value. And even though most people will play the games just for the fun of playing (or the education and experience they can gain), sometimes it makes the whole event more exciting if there is something to shoot for a reward for being “number one.” That’s why most casino theme parties provide one or more non-cash prizes for the guests who earn the highest winnings (or chips) by the end of the event. Prizes can be as elaborate as a new car, a trip to Las Vegas, or a wide-screen television set. Or they can be as simple as a free lunch at a local restaurant, a plaque, or other type of award. Guests can be of any age to play.

The term “Casino Theme Party” describes an event where people come together to play games commonly found in casinos in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, or Atlantic City but do not wager money or other things of value. A casino-themed party may be a fund-raiser activity for a non-profit charity organization; Texas Hold’em Tournament or a private celebration held by an individual, group, or employer. The significant difference between the two is that those who attend a fund-raising casino party are usually asked to donate for admission to the event. In contrast, those who attend a private casino party are usually invited to come and have fun. At either event, guests arrive to find a variety of casino games available for their amusement (blackjack, craps, roulette, poker or Texas Hold’em, slot machines, and more). Guests are usually given an iHostPoker voucher for a fixed amount of “starter chips.” Guests then take their iHostPoker voucher to their favorite game table in exchange for chips and try to win as much as possible during the evening. At the end of the evening, the guests turn in their chips for raffle tickets. Prizes can be raffled off, or an auction can be held, and guests can bid on prizes with their raffle tickets.

We include 3 hours of playing time. This is usually more than adequate, especially if your event has other activities. We will work with you to determine the best schedule for the casino portion of your event. Set up and Clean Up are not part of your 3 hours. Please note that we can set up before your guest arrives at no extra cost, and the dealers can show up 15 to 30 minutes before the casino event starts. We recommend that the event start half an hour to an hour after your guest arrives. For example, if your invitations call for 7:00 p.m., we can set up by 6:30 p.m. The dealers would arrive by 7:45 p.m. to start dealing from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Tipping our dealers is very much appreciated. If you feel someone goes above and beyond, you may tip them at your discretion by tipping them in cash directly or adding it to your final invoice.

During the week of your event, our scheduling team will connect with you to review your options for the setup and clean-up times of your casino equipment. A setup and clean schedule will be mutually agreeable. A copy of your setup/clean-up plan will be emailed to you 3 to 5 days before your event date so you know exactly when we’ll set up and clean up your casino tables and other essential details about your event.

During the week of your event, our scheduling team will connect with you to review your options for the set up and clean up times of your casino equipment. A set up and clean up scheduled will be mutually agreeable and a copy of your set up / clean up schedule will be emailed to you 3 to 5 days prior to your event date, so you know exactly when we’re coming to set up and clean up your casino tables as well as other details that are important about your event.

Prior to your event, we can come to the site of the party and help you with the arrangement of the gaming equipment and site layout. On the day of the event, we arrive at the site hours before the party starts and set up the gaming tables.

Typically the casino will run for three hours. To get the gaming started, we can supply you with fun casino gaming chips with a pre-determined value. You will pass these out to all of your guests as they arrive, or at a specific time.

Next, the guest will go to the gaming table of their choice to play – where the dealer will exchange their “currency” with gaming chips. The guest will play for a pre-determined allotted time (up to you), and they will be free to roam from table to table with their chips.

At the end of the three hours, the players will then turn in their chips for either a raffle or voucher depending on how you will be awarding the prizes. There are a couple of different ways you can do this which we can explain in the pre-planning process.

We require a 50% down payment (of the total party cost) to reserve your tables and dealers. The balance is prior to your event date.

Since we provide our services “Just for Fun,” party guests can be of any age. As a matter of fact, 25% of the events we service are for Birthday Parties, Bar Mitzvahs / Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, Graduations, Quinces, etc…

The most common question people ask when they hear about casino parties is, “Is this legal?” The answer is YES. What makes it legal is that, in spite of the appearance of a casino, there is no actual gambling going on. It’s all make-believe, pretend, fantasy gambling. You can bet as much as you want, lose as much as you want and win as much as you want, and you walk away with the same amount of money you started with. That’s because only play money is used, usually in the form of chips, which has no real monetary value. And even though most people will play the games just for the fun of playing (or the education and experience they can gain), sometimes it makes the whole event more exciting if there is something to shoot for a reward for being “number one.” That’s why most casino theme parties provide one or more non-cash prizes for the guests that earn the highest winnings (or chips) by the end of the event. Prizes can be as elaborate as a new car, a trip to Las Vegas, or a wide-screen television set. Or they can be as simple as a free lunch at a local restaurant or a plaque or other type of award. Guests can be any age to play. If you would like us to provide additional information concerning this topic, please feel free to contact us.

The term “Casino Theme Party” is used to describe an event, where people come together to play games commonly found in casinos in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo or Atlantic City, but do not actually wager money or other things of value. A casino themed party may be held as a fund-raiser activity for a non-profit charity organization, Texas Hold’em Tournament or it may be a private celebration held by an individual, group or employer. The major difference between the two is that those who attend a fund-raising casino party are usually asked to make a donation for admission to the event, whereas those who attend a private casino party are usually simply invited to come and have fun. At either event, guests arrive to find a variety of casino games available for their amusement (blackjack, craps, roulette, poker or Texas Hold-em, slot machines and more). Guests are usually given an iHostPoker voucher for a fixed amount of “starter chips.” Guests then take their iHostPoker voucher to their favorite game table in exchange for chips and try to win as much as they can during the course of the evening. At the end of the evening, the guests turn in their chips for raffle tickets. Prizes can be raffled off or an auction can be held and guests can bid on prizes with their raffle tickets.

We include 3 hours of playing time. This is usually more than adequate, especially if your event has other activities. We will work with you to determine the best schedule for the casino portion of your event. Setup and breakdown are not part of your 3 hours. Please note that we can setup prior to your guest arriving at no extra cost and the dealers can show up 15 minutes prior to the casino event starting. We recommend the event to start half an hour to an hour after your guest arriving. For example: If your invitations call for 7:00 p.m., we can setup no later than 6:30 p.m. and the dealers would arrive at 7:45 p.m. to start dealing at 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Tipping our dealers is not expected. If you feel someone goes above and beyond, you may feel free to tip them at your discretion. No pressure at all – we take care of our staff, and they enjoy what they do.

We will work with you and the venue to determine the best time to setup. Usually we deliver and setup well before the start of your event so it’s all ready when your guests arrive. We remove our equipment upon termination of the casino event.